Michael Mertz Accounts for Two Points in Adrian's 5-4 Loss to Lawrence Tech

Michael Mertz Accounts for Two Points in Adrian's 5-4 Loss to Lawrence Tech

ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College men's tennis team lost a 5-4 heartbreaker at the hands of visiting Lawrence Tech in the Bulldogs' fall season finale on Saturday at the Craft Tennis Complex.

Senior Michael Mertz accounted for two points to lead Adrian. He teamed with junior Joey Loselle to win at No. 1 doubles against Sergio Lopez/Javier Alvarez in exciting fashion, 9-8, including 7-3 in the tiebreaker. Mertz also defeated Alvarez at No. 2 singles, 7-5, 6-1.

Things started well enough for the Bulldogs, who took a 2-1 lead after the doubles competition. Senior Troy Gargrave and sophomore Brandon Brom beat Vincent Colarossi/Brandon Haarer, 8-5, at No. 3.

But the Blue Devils took four of six singles matches, including the clincher by Mason Wenzel over Brom in a tough three-set meeting, 6-3, 0-6, 6-2, to get the team victory.

Sophomore Jeff Sophiea picked up the Bulldogs' other point at No. 6 singles, downing Brandon Haarer in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2.

Adrian will return to action in the spring.

Singles competition
1. Sergio Lopez (LTU) def. Joey Loselle (ADRIAN) 6-0, 6-3
2. Michael Mertz (ADRIAN) def. Javier Alvarez (LTU) 7-5, 6-1
3. Jan Horstkoetter (LTU) def. Troy Gargrave (ADRIAN) 6-1, 6-0
4. Vincent Colarossi (LTU) def. Alex Amos (ADRIAN) 6-3, 6-0
5. Mason Wenzel (LTU) def. Brandon Brom (ADRIAN) 6-3, 0-6, 6-2
6. Jeff Sophiea (ADRIAN) def. Brandon Haarer (LTU) 6-0, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Joey Loselle/Michael Mertz (ADRIAN) def. Sergio Lopez/Javier Alvarez (LTU) 9-8 (7-3)
2. Jan Horstkoetter/Mason Wenzel (LTU) def. Jonathon Rhind/Jeff Sophiea (ADRIAN) 8-6
3. Troy Gargrave/Brandon Brom (ADRIAN) def. Vincent Colarossi/Brandon Haarer (LTU) 8-5

Match Notes
Lawrence Tech 5-0...Adrian College 2-3...Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,6,4,1,2,5)...Adrian closes out fall schedule before resuming schedule in the spring semester...Lawrence Tech is an NAIA-institution out of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference and based out of Southfield.

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